SA's Thriston Lawrence is the first DP World Tour winner, at shortened Joburg Open

28-Nov-2021
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DP World Tour, Joburg Open 2021


SA's Thriston Lawrence is first winner of the DP World Tour era, after winning shortened Joburg Open

From European Tour.com News Report:

Thriston Lawrence became the first winner of the DP World Tour era after the Joburg Open was reduced to a 36-hole event.

The opening event of the 2022 DP World Tour season had already been reduced to 54 holes to allow non-South African resident players, caddies and tournament support staff return to their home countries, with international travel restrictions imposed on the country after the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant.

Home favourite Lawrence had matched his lowest DP World Tour round on days one and two, with a pair of 65s sending him into the weekend at Randpark Golf Club at 12 under and with a four shot lead.

Weather delays over the first two days meant that the second round had to be completed on Saturday morning but when the rest of the field completed their own second rounds, Lawrence was still four ahead.  Read more

From Sky Sports:

Thriston Lawrence finishes four shots ahead of fellow compatriot Zander Lombard after posting opening rounds of 65; Lawrence, along with Zander Lombard and Ashley Chesters, secure spots at next year's Open Championship.  Read more

From RTE.ie:

Thriston Lawrence won his first DP World Tour title after the third and final rounds of the Covid-19 and weather-affected Joburg Open was abandoned.

The opening event of the season had already been reduced to 54 holes to help players, caddies and staff return to their home countries as international travel restrictions were imposed on South Africa due to the new variant of Covid-19 detected in the country.  Read more

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